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Those Complicated Relationships

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother" which is the first commandment with a promise.  Ephesians 6:1-2

Photo courtesy of pixabay.We all have quirky ways and stubborn hearts that can cause speedbumps in relationships.

My wife and I have been together since we were in high school. September 27 of this year marks our twenty-second year of being officially together—thirteen of which we’ve been married. Marriage is a completely different journey. Add kids to the mix, and you are now what people call “settled down.”

God wants us to love and follow Him above all else. Everything from that commitment forward will be done to glorify Him, which is what our families should do. Honoring our fathers and mothers is a part of glorifying God.

No amount of human wisdom can comprehend God’s love shown through His Son on the cross. A husband’s love for his wife should be incomprehensible. He loves without reason, and he lives a life of sacrifice for her. People should look at a man’s relationship with his wife and be amazed at the love he shows her. A husband who is rooted in Christ will love his wife with a love that surpasses all the quirks.

When I look at my marriage, I see scars I have caused. My life before Christ was centered on me, and my marriage and my wife suffered for it. I didn’t do anything to repair my marriage, but Christ fixed the real issue through salvation. My desires became His desires, my love for my wife became His love for her, and my love for my children became His love for them.

Selfish quirks still pop up. My flesh will accompany my entire life until Christ returns and sets me free from it. In the meantime, I will continue to point my family to love and honor God.

Center your love on Christ so your relationships can be healthy. 

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Aaron Stolarik

Aaron lives in Thomasville, Georgia, with his wife Leah and their two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth. He is a deacon in his local church and writes articles for the local newspaper. He enjoys spending time with his family and serving the Lord in his church and community. Raised in a Jewish household, Aaron found Christianity was not a welcome topic of discussion in his home. While his family believed in God, they didn’t believe in Jesus as His Son. Life was often confusing and full of doubt and conflict. Even after marrying and having a child, his choices were often fueled by selfish desires. It was only when he and his wife met with his wife’s pastor for their daughter's baptism that God decided to show him who was really in need of a new life.


  1. What a great devotion to pattern one''s life by!